With the rapid changes in the business landscape of our times, the traditional waterfall method of building products is making way for the more modern and efficient agile methodology.
There is logic and wisdom steeped into this growing trend, primarily because of the virtues of agile way of working. Instead of following an ironclad and linear path which does not leave much room for flexibility, and causes companies to start over from the scratch at the slight hint of trouble, business owners or engineers are going the more flexible route. Agile methodology keeps all the moving parts independent of each other, so a malfunction with one part has minimal or no impact on other moving parts, and thus the entire machinery can be made to work as per its normal operations even in the sight of some setbacks.
How Does Contract Staffing Relate to Agile Methodology
That’s a natural question that will arise in the minds of readers who navigated to this article to read more on how contract staffing can help their business. The answer is, contract staffing and agile methodology are pretty closely related and can benefit hugely from one another
To begin with, the agile methodology gives businesses a major incentive and nudge towards contract staffing model of hiring manpower. On splitting up a project in different chunks, companies can devote the specialists to different parts of the project. It is highly likely that some of those parts require intensive, but short term involvement of the experts. In such a scenario, instead of hiring a specialist on your internal payroll for a job that may not need more than 3 months of work is counter-savings. The experts might be drawing huge salaries and once their contribution to a project is complete, the time spent from this moment on to them being assigned to a new project may run into several months. So essentially, you might as well be paying them hefty pay checks for virtually no work at all for the time period they were not actively involved in a project.
Now, is there an alternative available within the domain of internal hiring? Is there a way you can justify the heavy pay checks you sign for them during the periods of no labour? Not likely. You might keep them busy with small time jobs and projects, but these happen to be the jobs that may be handled by people who draw one-fifth of the salary.
Thus, in every possible permutation and combination, having people on internal payrolls is likely to cause cost overheads. But opting for contract staffing spares you the hassle and costs associated with the traditional hiring methods. Every time a project is assigned to multiple teams based on the agile methodology, those teams can be populated with contract staffers who happen to be experts at what they do. So you can conjure up a deal with the contract staffing service provider that dictates that those workers will devote specific months or hours to your project, and you will pay them strictly based on the hours they work for you.
What that ensures is that once their contribution to your project comes to an end, you are not obligated to pay them. It is a simple pay-for-what-you-get model that is gaining leverage.